Ruhlin-Hicks, Scott Headline Women's Rowing All-Academic
Clarice Ruhlin-Hicks (left) and Kealey Scott both carry 4.0 GPAs while rowing as members of their school's Varsity 8+ boats.
Clarice Ruhlin-Hicks (left) and Kealey Scott both carry 4.0 GPAs while rowing as members of their school's Varsity 8+ boats.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore. – A pair of key members of their team’s quests for conference titles, Western Washington junior Clarice Ruhlin-Hicks and Cal Poly Humboldt sophomore Kealey Scott head the list of 39 honorees on the 2022 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Women’s Rowing All-Academic Team, presented by Barnes & Noble College.

Both rowers amassed 4.0 GPAs while maintaining the balance between academics and athletics. Ruhlin-Hicks, who has a 4.00 as a political science major, has been in the No. 7 seat in the Vikings’ Varsity 8+ for three of four regattas this season. She helped lead the Vikings to a victory at the season-opening PLU Invitational on Mar. 5, rowing in the No. 6 seat.

Scott, who has a 4.00 GPA as a child development and family relations major, has rowed in the stroke seat for the Lumberjacks’ Varsity 8+ for the majority of the season. She was in that position for Cal Poly Humboldt’s Varsity 8+ victory at the Falcon Regatta on Apr. 9 as well as the crew’s two victories at the Covered Bridge Regatta on Apr. 16.

The duo was among 14 student-athletes on the All-Academic Team with a 3.8 GPA or higher.

Ruhlin-Hicks was among 19 repeat selections to the squad. Ten rowers are three-time selections, including five student-athletes from Western Washington.

Seattle Pacific led all institutions with 12 selections to the All-Academic Team. Central Oklahoma had 11 selections while both Cal Poly Humboldt and Western Washington had eight selections.

To qualify for the GNAC All-Academic Teams, presented by Barnes & Noble College, nominees must be of sophomore eligibility or greater, have a minimum cumulative GPA or 3.20 or greater, be a letterwinner on their team and must be in their second year at the nominating institution.

Presented By Barnes & Noble College

Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Marie-Claire Desplancke Biology Jr. 3.21 Grass Valley, Calif.
Megan Franco Environmental Studies Jr. 3.50 Erie, Colo.
Cassidy Hollenbeck Environmental Studies So. 3.91 Honolulu, Hawaii
Kierstyn Hughes Kinesiology/Computer Sciences Sr. 3.76 Riverside, Calif.
* Marjorie Johnson Elementary Education Jr. 3.98 Chico, Calif.
Sophie Reich English Literary Studies/Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies Jr. 3.45 San Diego, Calif.
Kealey Scott Child Development & Family Relations So. 4.00 Victoria, B.C.
*+ Malia Seeley Environmental Engineering Sr. 3.71 Polson, Mont.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Samantha Batt Graphic Design So. 3.43 Turpin, Okla.
Faith Brooks Kinesiology – Exercise & Fitness Mgt. So. 3.85 Georgetown, Texas
Hope Brooks Kinesiology – Exercise & Fitness Mgt. So. 3.70 Georgetown, Texas
Kenna Chamlee Biology Sr. 3.37 Edmond, Okla.
Danielle Dick Mechanical Engineering So. 3.90 Enid, Okla.
* Yesenia Gil-Salazar Biomedical Sciences Sr. 3.40 Idabel, Okla.
Danielle Holle Criminal Justice So. 3.82 Oklahoma City, Okla.
* Sage Kroeker Nursing Sr. 3.36 Enid, Okla.
Emily Overholt Strategic Communications So. 3.66 Ada, Mich.
*+ Allison Staley Kinesiology – Exercise & Fitness Mgt. Sr. 3.76 Bettendorf, Iowa
* Keondra Whisenhunt Biology Sr. 3.45 Bellevue, Neb.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Elise Arkills Nursing So. 3.47 Tacoma, Wash.
*+ LeeAnn Arrington English Sr. 3.91 Empire, Okla.
Summer Frank Special Education So. 3.36 Rocklin, Calif.
* Jacinta Grandel Apparel Design Jr. 3.46 Palmer, Alaska
*+ Jennifer Hoag Nursing Sr. 3.34 Normandy Park, Wash.
*+ Danielle Johnson Mechanical Engineering Sr. 3.82 Mill Creek, Wash.
* Macie Leach Nursing Jr. 3.79 Chico, Calif.
Kalais Samuelson Psychology Jr. 3.82 Beaverton, Ore.
Sophie Sandahl Art History/Visual Studies Jr. 3.55 Coupeville, Wash.
Bella Sangston Psychology Sr. 3.63 Bellevue, Wash.
* Nicole Svoboda Master’s of Arts In Teaching Jr. 3.93 La Quinta, Calif.
* Avalon Tarbet-Mendoza Chemistry Sr. 3.39 Vancouver, Wash.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
*+ Maddie Bangasser Kinesiology Sr. 3.90 Sammamish, Wash.
*+ Lilly Bjork Computer Science Sr. 3.23 Langley, Wash.
*+ Ella Brinkman Regenerative Agriculture Sr. 3.82 Sebastopol, Calif.
*+ Kiana Doyle Music & Journalism Sr. 3.56 University Place, Wash.
Morgan MacIntyre Environmental Studies Sr. 3.92 Camas, Wash.
*+ Haley Moss Political Science & Sociology Sr. 3.35 Orcas Island, Wash.
Olivia Pells Environmental Science Sr. 3.58 Bainbridge Island, Wash.
* Clarice Ruhlin-Hicks Political Science Jr. 4.00 Anchorage, Alaska
* - 2020-21 All-Academic Selection  
+ - 2019-20 All-Academic Selection